It's officially free-the-toes season and summer marks the perfect time for sandals, flip-flops and espadrilles. If you're looking to upgrade your wardrobe and looking for a comfortable sneaker alternative, the light canvas shoes are a great option to keep your feet chic yet secured.
For warmer days and casual outings, espadrilles are a classic option that will pair with most outfits. Shop TODAY talked to a fashion stylist for tips on how to wear this shoe style for day and night.
What are espadrilles?
While espadrilles are often confused with normal wedges, there's a slight difference between these two shoe styles.
"Although traditional espadrilles come in a wedge style, the difference between the two is that espadrilles soles are made with esparto rope, hailing from Spain originally. Without the esparto rope, it's not an espadrille — it's simply just a wedge," said fashion stylist and journalist Karis Battle.
How to style espadrilles
Espadrilles are perfect to pair with casual pieces like maxi dresses, jeans, skirts and flowy fabrics. "Think vacay and resort vibes. Combine your favorite espadrilles with a pair of ankle jeans and a boho blouse for a cute everyday look," shared Battle.
She also recommended throwing on a sundress with a pair of tie-up espadrilles for a casual weekend look.
"If you're wearing your new espadrilles with a lower hem, opt for an ankle strap or a slide-on versus a tie-up strap," Battle said. "Save the tie-up straps for high hems so the strap and hem aren't competing. Espadrilles are best to elevate a casual look, so keep the clothes more relaxed than over-the-top. Remember, these are meant to be comfy and cute, not formal."
Whether you’re looking for a pair of flirty wedge espadrilles or some colorful espadrille mules to add a pop of color to your outfit, there are plenty of trendy (and comfortable) options to choose from. We rounded up some of the best espadrilles, according to reviewers in different styles, to help you stay on-trend this season.
Dress up any outfit with these orange espadrille wedges from Franco Sarto. They have a three-inch heel perfect to upgrade any look, plus their vibrant color makes these the ideal summer sandals for any outdoor event.
Fast forward to warmer days with these elegant espadrilles. The ankle-strap and criss-cross detail will give your feet comfort and style.
Add some height with these classic wedge espadrilles from U-Lite. They have soft ankle-tie lace-ups and come in a wide variety of neutral and colorful shades.
If you’re looking for a pair of closed-toe espadrille wedges, these bestselling heels from J. Crew Factory are simple, classic and comfortable. They come in three classic hues and are currently over 33 percent off!
Dress up your feet with the colors of the rainbow with these chic sandals. The multicolored straps offer a vibrant look to any outfit and come with a buckle closure for extra support.
Soludos offers a variety of espadrilles, but we really love the classic look of these tan wedges. The leather upper gives the shoes an edgy touch, while the Ortholite padding adds extra comfort.
Planning a night out? These wedges are the perfect addition to your wardrobe. The ankle strap ties around your leg while giving you added support.
"They were very comfortable! It was perfect because they gave me the "height" I was looking for but the arch on them isn't super steep so they were still great for walking around and even some dancing," one Lulu's shopper said about how wearable this pair is.
Espadrille platform sandals
"In addition to the espadrille wedge, you can also find flatform styles that elevate the shoes by adding a couple of inches to the sole without the dip of a traditional wedge," added Battle.
You don't have to compromise height and style with these platform sandals. If you're constantly on-the-go, just slip these on to tie your outfit together. They also come in white, brown and black.
If you’re looking for something with a little less height, consider these platform ankle strap espadrille sandals from Cushionaire. These are the perfect travel sandals for long walks and exploration.
Steve Madden's Kimmie Wedge Sandals feature a classic design that is super versatile. They would look great with your favorite denim shorts or a chic sundress.
Comfort and style meet with these espadrille sneakers from Superga. The upper sole is made with 100 percent cotton to keep your feet cool and comfy.
Add a playful print to your look with these espadrille sneakers. They feature a cushioned insole and a sole that is just over an inch to provide you with maximum comfort while staying on-trend.
Everyone should have at least one pair of white sneakers in their closet. These espadrille platform sneakers from Converse will go with any outfit (picture them with a pair of distressed jeans!) and have earned an impressive rating on Converse's website.
If you prefer slip-on sneakers, you’ll totally love this pair from Soludos. They feature a classic design ideal for those summer days at the beach or lake. With eco-friendly materials and a roomier fit, these espadrilles are perfect for any casual outfit.
You won’t be able to resist these adorable espadrilles decorated with a nautical-inspired pattern from Draper James. The brand's first-ever footwear collection feature an array of colors and styles to make your summer looks more vibrant.
For a more romantic vibe, opt for these espadrilles from Aerosoles. The chic style is perfect to pair with all your sundresses and maxi skirts. The shoes come with a thick strap to keep you stable and safe during long walks.
For those who suffer from foot pain, consider these espadrilles from Dr. Scholl’s, a company that specializes in comfortable (but trendy) footwear. The Find Me Loafers feature an insole with cushioning and shock absorption that's meant to reduce foot pressure and fatigue. You can buy them in black, white, gold and leopard.
Don't complicate your outfit and wear something timeless like these wedge sandals. Over 1,600 verified reviewers have rated this style five stars for its comfortable and versatile features.
"These have a comfortable wide elastic ankle strap that doesn’t dig or rub, just supports," said one Amazon shopper.
A pair of floral shoes will go with anything! These canvas ankle-wrap espadrilles from J. Crew Factory are currently 56 percent off and are extremely comfortable for all your summer activities.
Mules are great for those who are always sprinting out the door in the morning, and what better way to add some summer flair than with espadrille mules? This neutral pair is minimalist and comfortable to keep your summer days efficient.
These floral espadrille mules from U-Lite will make you feel like you’re walking through a field of flowers, even if you’re just walking on a city street.
Embrace the tropics with these exotic espadrilles from Boden. The delicate and intricate embroidery feature summer-inspired details that will make your toes go wild.
If you’re looking for a pop of color, you can’t go wrong with these tassel-adorned mules from Tonivis. They’re available in eight different colors and are less than $50.
Flat espadrille sandals
These lace-up espadrilles would look great with any outfit! They come in black, blue, pink and yellow.
These flat denim sandals from Journee Collection are another affordable option to add to your shoe collection. They feature fringe detailing on the upper to add an edgy element to your look and are under $50.
The Lauren Espadrille Sandals from Soludos are elegant and durable. They come with ankle-wrap laces and are extra breathable thanks to the cushioned and biodegradable jute sole. While we love the ivory shade (since they'll match everything in your closet), the light blue shade is also great for summer.
These stylish espadrille slides from Ninety Union are trendy, affordable and the perfect accessory for any kind of getaway.
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